For just the third time in the past decade, the locker stall normally occupied by Marty St. Louis sat empty during a game and his equipment remained in his hockey bag. After being struck in the face with an errant puck during Thursday's morning skate, St. Louis is expected to miss a significant amount of time with fractures to his sinus and orbital bones, stopping his consecutive games played streak one short of 500. St. Louis left NYU Medical Center on Friday, the team announced, to spend the night at his Connecticut home with wife Heather and is scheduled to return to Tampa on Saturday. St. Louis will be evaluated by team doctors once the swelling subsides and a timetable can be established for his return. So, how do the Lightning fill St. Louis' void until he returns? "That was my first career game without Marty in the lineup, so it was a little weird,'' fourth-year center Steven Stamkos said. "And you can't replace a guy like Marty, we all know that, and no one is going to try to replace him. We just all have to step up in other areas of the game because we know he's missing."
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Tampa Tribune | Dec 10